Births but not deaths

On many days I read the Wikipedia to learn what interesting things happened on that day in history. When I do that, I always find myself reading carefully through the births, to find out who was born on that particular day of the year.

But I never even glance at the deaths. I guess I am simply not interested in knowing when people have left this Earth.

I am reminded of this because I met with a physical therapist today who asked me various questions about my health. At some point she asked me something that prompted me to reply “My plan is to live forever.”

A short silence followed. I broke the silence by saying “So far, it’s working.”

That got a laugh, but I am not sure I was entirely joking. I suspect there may be a connection between that conversation and my Wikipedia reading habits.

One Response to “Births but not deaths”

  1. J. Peterson says:

    From Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs:

    “I like to think that something survives after you die”, he said. “It’s strange to think you accumulate all this experience, and maybe a little wisdom, and it just goes away. So I really want to believe that something survives, that maybe your consciousness endures.”

    He fell silent for a very long time. “But on the other hand, perhaps it’s like an on-off switch,” he said. “Click! And your gone.”

    Then he paused again and smiled slightly. “Maybe that’s why I never liked to put on-off switches on Apple devices.”

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